To prepare each child to be a dignified and useful member of society.
In 1999, Shanti Venkat, a special educator, decided to begin a school that would make a
difference to the differently abled children. She was supported by a small group of parents of
children with disabilities and well-wishers who had seen her competence at close quarters
and the effect it had had on special children.
Today, Sri Vidhya's Centre has evolved into a centre that embodies her conviction that such
children can be trained and taught the skills to manage their lives as independently as
possible. Starting with just 8 students with cognitive disabilities of varying levels, the school
now has nearly 150 students from different socio-economic backgrounds, representing a
wide range of ability and function. The Centre has a day school as well as a residential facility.
What makes Sri Vidhya's different is going beyond its focus on the differently able children
and making it a truly inclusive school and offering services at no cost to many students from
the neighbouring slums, who would otherwise never have access to such facilities or
Mission of Sri Vidhya:
- To impart intensive specialized training to students with mental retardation and
other cognitive disabilities.
- To make students self-reliant, helping them develop various life skills, and wherever
- To integrate special students into the mainstream of life.
- To provide support and guidance to parents and family members of students with special
- To create and enhance public awareness and understanding of cognitive disabilities,
and to promote positive interactions between the general public and those with mental